John Blashford-Snell

Legendary Explorer


World-famous explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell is not just an excellent and captivating motivational speaker but he is also a major supporter of various charities that help underprivileged kids in Britain and elsewhere.

John Blashford-Snell – usually referred to as JBS – has carried out more than 100 expeditions in some of the most challenging environments on the planet. These include Colombia, Mongolia, Zaire, and the Blue Nile. He is also credited with inventing white water rafting when he needed to negotiate difficult waters using just inflatable boats.

Not only can the motivational speaker draw on his experiences as an explorer (he created the Scientific Exploration Society) to entertain delegates or guests at your conference or private event, but he can also relate fascinating anecdotes from his 37 years in the British Army.

JBS has been involved in various projects to help disadvantaged youth, including an army unit he formed especially to give young people a sense of direction following the riots of 1981. He also headed up a multi-million pound appeal to give Merseyside youth access to vocational training and support and he set up the Liverpool Construction Crafts Guild to develop skilled craftsmen in the area.

Among the various roles that JBS has held are life president of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, worldwide ambassador for the Zenith watch company and president of the Vole Club. The awards and accolades that he has received include an MBE, an OBE, the Segrave Trophy, and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Livingstone Medal.

To book Colonel John Blashford-Snell as the speaker at your event, contact Champions Motivational Speakers by completing the online form or calling +44 1509 85 29 27.

  • Motivational Speaker
  • Exploration Speaker
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Risk Consideration
  • Travel
  • Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Communication and Inspiration

‘John has had a profound influence on generations of explorers. He is highly respected not just for leading innovative expeditions but for founding Operation Drake and Operation Raleigh with Prince Charles and encouraging thousands of young people worldwide to face challenges and believe in themselves. His vision, inspirational leadership, compassion and courage continue to inspire me. And he is a wonderful storyteller with some extraordinary experiences to share.’Sir Ranulph Fiennes

‘A leader in the best of moulds – he cares for those he leads.’Bear Grylls

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